Our Board


Karleen R. Habin, RN, MSN

President, Chair and Co-Founder

Affiliations: Massachusetts General Hospital

Karleen has more than 30 years of nursing experience, ranging from Critical Care, Women's Health and Oncology Clinical Research Nursing Administration. Karleen currently holds the position as Associate Director of Research Nursing and Research Nurse Specialist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Karleen has published extensively and was the co-author of the first state wide Breast Cancer Resource Guide of Massachusetts. Karleen has won several prestigious awards including the American Cancer Society Lane Adams Award and the Massachusetts General Hospital "The 100" Award. Karleen, through her personal and professional experiences strives to improve the quality of patients and families’ lives during the prevention and cancer experience.


Mary Lou Woodford, BSN, RN, MBA, CCM

Treasurer, Co-Founder

Affiliations: Northeastern University

Mary Lou brings more than 30 years of clinical and public health experience to the foundation. After 15 years as the Director of Women's Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Ms Woodford partnered with Ms Habin to form the Cancer Resource Foundation. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and her Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She is a CCM certified case manager who began working in public health after 10 years in the hospital setting.

As a nurse, case manager and experienced public health professional working with underserved diverse populations, she witnessed the extraordinary challenges that individuals face trying to coordinate their healthcare needs. It is this reason that she has devoted her career to helping others gain access to the many products and services that they need to reach a healthy active life.

Janet McGrail-Spillane, RN, BSN


Board Member

Affiliation:  Massachusetts Department of Public Heatlh

Janet McGrail-Spillane works at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) as a Health Systems Specialist. Prior to working at the DPH worked at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) as the State Vice President for Health Initiatives for twelve years. She provided leadership and direction for the implementation of all ACS cancer programs and services in Massachusetts. Prior to ACS,  Ms. Spillane worked for the City of Boston in various capacities including; the Deputy Commissioner of Elderly Commission, Director of Elder Health and the Director of Cancer Prevention and Detection. Janet has served as Chief Operating Officer for Global Health Services, a company specializing in patient services for International clients. Until recently, Janet was an advisor for the Massachusetts State Tumor Registry, Dana Farber Community Advisory Board and the Hyde Park Lions.  For fifteen years, she was a member of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Coalition. and on the Board of Directors of the Brigham/Faulkner Hospital.  Janet resides in Boston with her husband, Matthew and is the proud mother of three grown sons.

Kathryn E Post, MS, APRN-BC

Board Member

Affiliation: Massachusetts General Hospital


Kathryn has specialized in breast oncology since her entry into the nursing profession. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner in breast oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston since 2007. In her tenure there she has worked both as a Clinical Research Nurse Practitioner and a Medical Oncology Nurse Practitioner. She received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Connecticut in 2002. She received her Masters Degree in Nursing from Boston College in 2007. She has been mentoring Boston College graduate nursing students since 2008.  Kathryn has published on the breast cancer and oncology patient experience. She lectures frequently on related topics both at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the community. She strongly believes in the CRF’s mission and strives daily to improve the lives of oncology patients and their families.